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Claudia V. is 38 years old. She is the single mother of a son who is currently attending the 7th grade at a local public school. Claudia is the owner of a mini market, a small general store, which she has been running out of her house for the past 8 years.

Claudia is a beloved member of her neighborhood, recognized for her willingness to help her neighbors and for her charisma. These are the powerful reasons why neighbors and friends prefer to shop at her store.

Her store is always well stocked. She is of the opinion that it's better to have a variety of products so that her customers always find what they need. Among the items she offers we can find: beef cuts, sweet treats, dairy products, drinks, etc. She started with a small kiosk that throughout the years and thanks to her investments has grown considerably.

Currently she has a computerized system for her receipts and to control her stocked merchandise. She obtained this system a few years ago thanks to the previous loans she received from Fundación Paraguaya. This system makes it easier for her to do her cash count and to control her merchandise.

A few months ago, Claudia's mother, who lives with her, was ill and the tests and medications were very expensive. In oder to be able to pay for it Claudia had to use the money she had saved to purchase the merchandise for her store.

Claudia is an excellent client of the institution and has been very punctual in paying her previous loans and has invested them well. She now asks for a new loan to be able to replace her stocked merchandise and in this manner keep her customers happy.

Translated from Spanish by Libertad Leal, Kiva volunteer.

La Sra. Claudia V. tiene 38 años de edad es madre soltera de un hijo varón que actualmente se encuentra cursando el 7º grado en un colegio nacional de la zona; Claudia es propietaria de un mini market, la misma esta ubicada en su casa y ya lleva 8 años de antigüedad en el rubro.

Claudia es una mujer muy querida en su barrio, reconocida por su buena predisposición para ayudar a sus vecinos y su carisma, estas son razones poderosas por la cual sus vecinos y amigos prefieren ir a comprar en su negocio.

Su tienda esta bien surtida, ella dice que es mejor tener variedad para que sus clientes encuentren siempre lo que necesiten; entre ellas podemos contar que pose carnicería, golosinas, lácteos, bebidas. Ella empezó con un pequeño kiosco que con los años y su buena inversión hoy ha crecido bastante.

Posee un sistema informático de tiquetes y control de stock de mercaderías que lo adquirió hace unos años gracias a los créditos anteriores que obtuvo de la Fundación Paraguaya, este sistema le facilita su arqueo de caja y control de sus mercaderías.

Hace unos meses, la madre de Claudia, que vive con ella, enfermó y la demanda de los medicamentos y estudios fue muy alta por lo que para costear eso utilizo el dinero que ella ahorro para la compra de mercaderías de su local.

Claudia es una excelente cliente de la Fundación y ha pagado con puntualidad los créditos que ha retirado anteriormente y que los ha sabido invertir bien. Hoy día, ella solicita un nuevo crédito para poder reponer su stock de mercadería y así poder mantener siempre su buena clientela

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About Fundación Paraguaya

Fundación Paraguaya is a financially self-sustaining social enterprise that promotes entrepreneurship in urban and rural areas through microfinance, education programs, and more. Its focus on agriculture has helped many farmers boost their crop yields. And a number of other borrowers have taken out loans to start and grow social businesses that have helped deliver eyeglasses, medicines and other helpful services in their local communities.

About Paraguay

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 98
    View loans »
    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $32,366,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,267.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Claudia purchase of merchandise such as: meat, canned goods, dairy products, sweet treats, cleaning products, breads, noodles, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 25, 2008
May 10, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2009